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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FI13 June 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with North American stakeholders from 12-13 June 2011, in Guelph, Canada.  

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Event: UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on Green Economy: Carbon Mechanisms and Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure [viewed]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Alumni Carbon Club of London Business School will host an interactive panel discussion on carbon financing and green infrastructure as part of the UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on the Green Economy. Speakers include leading private and public sector financial leaders.  

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US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue Addresses Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

2 June 2011: The second US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue convened on 1 June 2011 in Washington, DC, US, and was preceded by senior-level meetings on: science, technology and the environment; trilateral development cooperation and food security; and regional issues.

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Event: G8 Deauville Summit [viewed]

The G8, an informal group of advanced economies (France, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 2011 Summit will include a working session titled "nuclear safety - climate change."  

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Figueres Urges American States to Implement Cancun Agreements [viewed]

13 May 2011: Speaking at a meeting titled "Climate Change: What the Americas Can and Must Do," organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christina Figueres urged American States to implement the Cancun Agreements and develop their renewable energy resources.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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Arctic Council Adopts Nuuk Declaration [viewed]

12 May 2011: The Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council  was held on 12 May 2011, in Nuuk, Greenland, and concluded with the adoption of the Nuuk Declaration.

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Stakeholders Consider Draft Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

11 May 2010: A stakeholders meeting on the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-11 May 2011, under the auspices of the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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